A reminder from KJAN and Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Kennon: The 2012 Annual Cass County National Weather Service Storm Spotter Program training will be held Wednesday night, in Lewis. The free program is open to the general public, and is recommended for emergency responders. It takes place in the Lewis Fire Station, beginning at 7-p.m. Wed., March 14th.
Each year, meteorologists with the National Weather Service (NWS) travel to most of the 51 counties they serve to provide a comprehensive multi-media spotter training presentation. The classes are hosted by local emergency management officials, fire departments and a few amateur radio clubs. There are several opportunities for you to attend one of these classes free of charge. The classes typically last one-to two-hours.
The courses cover information about severe weather climatology, severe thunderstorm types, different weather threats and how to identify them, how to report severe weather, spotter safety and severe weather communications. For more information, contact Mike Kennon, at 712-254-1500.
Here is the forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening, and, the weather stats for Atlantic….
Today…Sunny…warmer. Patchy fog through mid morning. High in the upper 70s. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight…Mostly clear. Warmer. Low in the mid 50s. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday…Mostly sunny. High in the upper 70s. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday Night…Partly cloudy. Low in the lower 50s. South wind near 10 mph.
Thursday…Mostly sunny. High in the upper 70s. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night And Friday…Mostly cloudy. Low in the mid 50s. High in the mid 70s.
Friday Night…Partly cloudy. Low in the upper 50s.
403 AM CDT TUE MAR 13 2012 …PATCHY DENSE FOG CONTINUES OVER PORTIONS OF CENTRAL IOWA…
FOG HAS DEVELOPED OVER MUCH OF THE AREA EARLY THIS MORNING. PATCHY DENSE FOG WITH VISIBILITY LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE AT TIMES HAS ALSO DEVELOPED GENERALLY BETWEEN THE HIGHWAY 18 AND INTERSTATE 80 CORRIDORS.
THE FOG IS LIKELY TO CONTINUE THROUGH 830 AM CDT AND MAY EXPAND SOMEWHAT ACROSS THE AREA PRIOR TO SUNRISE. PERSONS TRAVELING EARLY THIS MORNING SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR AREAS OF DENSE FOG AND VERY LOW VISIBILITY.
REMEMBER TO ALLOW YOURSELF EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION SAFELY. USE LOW BEAM HEADLIGHTS AND SLOW DOWN IN AREAS WHERE VISIBILITY IS EXCEPTIONALLY LOW. THE MORNING COMMUTE WILL GENERALLY TAKE LONGER AND EXTRA CAUTION IS ADVISED WHILE TRAVELING THIS TUESDAY MORNING.
CONDITIONS SHOULD BEGIN IMPROVING BETWEEN 800 AND 830 AM CDT THIS MORNING.
340 AM CDT TUE MAR 13 2012
INCREASING WINDS AND NEAR RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY WILL RESULT IN A HIGH TO VERY HIGH GRASSLAND FIRE INDEX THIS AFTERNOON OVER A PORTION OF THE WESTERN COUNTIES OF IOWA. THE AREA OF GREATEST CONCERN IS GENERALLY ALONG AND WEST OF A CORRIDOR FROM NEAR IOWA COUNTY HIGHWAY 4 WESTWARD. THE GREATEST DANGER WILL BE THIS AFTERNOON WHEN WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE TO 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO NEAR 30 MPH. EXTREME CAUTION IS ADVISED TODAY.
BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED IN THESE AREAS. SMALL FIRES MAY QUICKLY SPREAD INTO DRY GRASSES AND FIELDS…RESULTING IN LARGER AND UNCONTROLLED GRASS FIRES. THE DANGER IS NOT EXPECTED TO LOWER TO THE “MODERATE” FIRE RISK UNTIL LATE TONIGHT.
FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/product.php?site=DMX&product=RFD&issuedby=DMX
Here is the forecast for Atlantic, and the KJAN listening area, along with the weather stats for Atlantic…
321 AM CDT MON MAR 12 2012 National Weather Service/Des Moines
…NEAR RECORD HIGHS POSSIBLE TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY…
EARLY THIS MORNING…SHOWERS. SOUTH WIND AROUND 10 MPH. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 80 PERCENT.
TODAY…CLOUDY WITH ISOLATED LIGHT SHOWERS THROUGH MID MORNING…THEN PARTLY SUNNY IN THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON. WARMER. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 20 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 40S. WEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHEAST AFTER MIDNIGHT.
TUESDAY…SUNNY…BREEZY…WARMER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.
TUESDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 50S. SOUTH WIND AROUND 15 MPH.
WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S.
THURSDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE MID 50S.
335 AM CDT SUN MAR 11 2012 National Weather Service/Des Moines
TODAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS IN THE MORNING…THEN SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON. COOLER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 50S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 90 PERCENT.
TONIGHT…SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT… THEN SHOWERS LIKELY AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE LOWER 40S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION NEAR 100 PERCENT.
MONDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MID MORNING THEN CLEARING. WARMER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.
MONDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE MID 40S. WEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
TUESDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 70S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.
TUESDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S.
WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 70S.
(issued 9:54-a.m. Sat., March 10 2012)
The National Weather Service in Des Moines says there is a very high fire danger today across parts of west central/central and south central Iowa. In our area, this includes: Crawford, Carroll, Audubon, Guthrie, Cass, Adair, Adams, Madison, Dallas, Union, Taylor and Ringgold Counties.
Officials say the combination of strong gusty winds, warm temperatures and low humidity, along with already dry vegetation, will result in a very high fire danger today. That means fires can quickly get out of control and spread rapidly.
Avoid burning outdoors if at all possible, today. If you must burn, notify your local fire department, manage fires very closely and do not leave fires unattended. When finished with your intended burn, make sure the fire is completely out, to avoid the possibility of smoldering embers reigniting a blaze.
As a reminder, the Grassland Fire Danger Index for Monona, Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie, Mills, Montgomery, Fremont and Page Counties, is in the EXTREME category today.